A combination of proven performers and the rapid adoption of varieties featuring the latest weed management technology has resulted in the Deltapine® brand of Upland cottonseed being the most popular planted in the United States for the 2015-16 season, according to the USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service’s Cotton and Tobacco Program annual report on cotton varieties planted.
The report marks the fifth straight year that Deltapine has been the number one planted cottonseed brand in the United States.
In 2015, Deltapine varieties accounted for 31.2 percent of the total United States Upland cotton acreage. They were particularly strong in the Southeast and Delta, accounting for 50.1 percent of the acreage planted in the southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, and 29.8 percent in the south-central states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.
The most popular Deltapine varieties were DP 1044 B2RF, DP 1219 B2RF, DP 1252 B2RF, and DP 1553 B2XF, accounting respectively for 5.6, 3.7, 3.4, and 2.0 percent of the U.S. Upland cotton acreage.
“Cotton farmers put Deltapine varieties on more of their acreage year after year because they have confidence in Deltapine varieties consistently giving them the potential for higher yields and fiber quality,” said Brad Roberts, Deltapine Brand Marketing Manager. “That’s particularly important in tough economic years like this season, when it’s critical to make every dollar count.”
In 2015, many farmers also wanted to get experience planting the new Class of 15 Bollgard II® XtendFlex® cotton varieties. According to the report, three Deltapine Bollgard II® XtendFlex® varieties were among the top-planted varieties this season, with DP 1553 B2XF taking a 7.1 percent share in the Southeast. Among the top Bollgard II® XtendFlex® varieties planted in individual states were DP 1538 B2XF on 19.94 percent of the acreage in South Carolina and DP 1522 B2XF on 16.37 percent of the acreage in West Tennessee.
Bollgard II® XtendFlex® cotton contains tolerances to glyphosate, glufosinate, and dicamba. Farmers who used the technology this year were able to use Roundup® brand agricultural glyphosate herbicides and Liberty® herbicide, but not dicamba. Monsanto is still seeking EPA registration for dicamba as an in-crop herbicide, so over-the-top use of dicamba was not authorized for 2015.
“The rapid adoption of these new Bollgard II® XtendFlex® varieties in just their first season of commercial availability is largely due to the level of performance cotton farmers have come to expect from Deltapine products,” said Roberts. “It’s also a testament to the weed control offered by the technology.”
Additional Bollgard II® XtendFlex® variety candidates are currently being tested across the Cotton Belt through the New Product Evaluator (NPE) Program. Roberts said only the variety candidates proven by NPE farmers to have better yield, quality and performance potential than current commercial offerings will be considered for the Deltapine Class of 16, which will be announced in December.
As of January 30, 2015, Bollgard II® XtendFlex® cotton has been approved for cultivation in the United States and approved for import in Australia, Mexico, Canada, and Japan. Any crop or material produced from this product can only be exported to, or used, processed or sold in countries where all necessary regulatory approvals have been granted. It is a violation of national and international law to move material containing biotech traits across boundaries into nations where import is not permitted. Growers should talk to their grain handler or product purchaser to confirm their buying position for this product. Growers should refer to http://www.biotradestatus.com for any updated information on import country approvals.
Bollgard II® XtendFlex® cotton contains genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup® brand agricultural glyphosate herbicides, dicamba, the active ingredient in M1691, and glufosinate, the active ingredient in Liberty® brand herbicides. Roundup® brand agricultural glyphosate herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Dicamba will kill crops that are not tolerant to dicamba. Glufosinate will kill crops that are not tolerant to glufosinate. Contact your Monsanto dealer or refer to Monsanto’s Technology Use Guide for recommended Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System weed control programs.
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Individual results may vary, and performance may vary from location to location and from year to year. This result may not be an indicator of results you may obtain as local growing, soil and weather conditions may vary. Growers should evaluate data from multiple locations and years whenever possible.
Insect control technology provided by Vip3A is utilized under license from Syngenta Crop Protection AG.
Growers may utilize the natural refuge option for varieties containing the Bollgard II® trait in the following states: AL, AR, FL, GA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MS, MO, NC, OK, SC, TN, VA, and most of Texas (excluding the Texas counties of Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Val Verde, Ward and Winkler). The natural refuge option does not apply to Bollgard II® cotton grown in areas where pink bollworm is a pest, including CA, AZ, NM, and the above listed Texas counties. It also remains the case that Bollgard® and Bollgard II® cotton cannot be planted south of Highway 60 in Florida, and that Bollgard® cotton cannot be planted in certain other counties in the Texas panhandle. Refer to the Technology Use Guide and IRM/Grower Guide for additional information regarding Bollgard II, Bollgard, natural refuge and EPA-mandated geographical restrictions on the planting of B.t. cotton.
ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. Roundup Ready® crops contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides. Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Bollgard II®, Respect the Refuge and Cotton Design®, Roundup Ready®, Roundup® and XtendFlex® are trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC. Deltapine® is a registered trademark of Monsanto Company. LibertyLink and the Water Droplet Design® and Liberty® are registered trademarks of Bayer. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2015 Monsanto Company.
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